While I have recently spent embarrassing amounts of time watching my new favorite TV show, Parenthood, on Netflix,
and blasting Lindsey Stirling’s tunes (her music is great to work to)
I have also been hard at work on professional stuff and personal stuff. How very vague of me, eh?
I’m currently unable to work out due to tendinitis (AGAIN!) in my knee and what seems to be a pulled back from power-lifting. It sucks, but, at the same time, I have no qualms with taking a rest period to heal up. The summer weather has already arrived here in California (we’re so spoiled) and all I can think about are bike rides, rollerblading, running on the beach sand and walking the pooches. I’ll gladly(somewhat) pay my price now so I can enjoy admission later. I do have to wonder though – am I doing something wrong? Injury has been a consistent challenge for me.
Or, are some us just more prone to injury? I have friends who work out like beasts and very rarely sustain an injury. Me, on the other hand – it began when I was training for my first marathon (was that 3 years ago?), when I got tendinitis in my knee right after my 19-mile training run and was unable to actually run the marathon (though I did travel to Salt Lake City to watch my friend, who I had been training with virtually, run it). Ever since then, I’ve had to be careful not to run too often because tendinitis always looms (I think it’s one of those things that once you get it, it’s easier to get again?). Then there was the time I fractured my elbow while rollerblading. And the time I had some strange metatarsal pain that prohibited me from running. And now…blegh. Clearly, some of it is due to me being a dumbass. Or maybe all of it is LOL.
At lunch with my twin yesterday, we both griped about our injuries: he has had a messed up knee ever since he tore his ACL years ago and hasn’t been able to run since. Currently, he also has shoulder and back pain.
Maybe we’re just getting old?
At one point, we were at my mom’s house and my twin and I were laying on the floor demonstrating regenerative back exercises we had learned. My brother’s girlfriend just smiled and shook her head. Some things never change Twins have a special bond. If you have trusted resources to point me in regarding back pain, please share. Should one do yoga through back pain?
Speaking of special bonds, my boyfriend and I have decided to shoot a documentary centered on many of the issues I talk about here on this blog. It’s going to be more of an exploratory project than one with an intended message. I want to ask questions about obesity, “fat,” health, class and beauty and how they all intersect, especially in the “age of obesity.”
I, of course, intend to interview some of my intellectual heroes and weave in my personal story/struggles with “fatness” and explore how/why so much of my identity hinges on my identity as fat/other. The decision to film a documentary arose from the prompting of a co-worker and now good friend. She’s one of those people you meet and feel like you’ve known her/him forever. Anyhow, she and I have freaky-similar views on life and life experiences and she is the one who put forth the idea. My boyfriend was incredibly receptive to the idea since he was a film major and is a total film buff/geek. He – like me – finds more pleasure in asking questions than in answering them.
We’re kinda winging this. We’ve bought a camera, after conferring with friends and experts about which one would suit our needs and budget, and we’re currently drafting our plan (e.g. who we want to interview, what questions we want to ask, what investigative segments we’d like to include, etc.). I have a full-time job, so it’s not like this can consume my life, but I see this as a creative project that will feed my need to explore the issues that I’ve been confronting forever, but most aggressively in the past decade.
Some other news, I’ll be in the April issue of Health Magazine and am speaking at two conferences this year, so far – one on building a media kit and the other on PR basics. You can see my professional site here, which has more info. I had to create this site because, frankly, while I think this blog is so authentically me, I also think it can be off-putting to people who are trying to get to know me professionally rather than personally. Maybe it’s the swearing
The Cranky One